Seborrheic Dermatitis (Cradle Cap) on Face

Seborrheic Dermatitis (Cradle Cap) On Face

What Is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis on the face is characterized by patches of red, flaky skin that typically appear near the top of the head. Many people experience symptoms as simple flaky dandruff, though others exhibit a more pronounced facial rash. 

Seborrheic dermatitis on face is also classified as facial seborrheic dermatitis or facial seborrheic eczema. According to the National Library Of Medicine, it affects around 10% of the adult population.

Though symptoms may appear at any time in one’s life, the condition is frequently associated with infants and small babies. It is known colloquially in the U.S. as “cradle cap” due to its characteristic presentation that covers the head like a cap. 

Cradle Cap on the face can be a very frustrating thing for young babies and requires a safe cradle cap body wash to remedy.  It is also known to extend down past the scalp and onto the top of the face. 

It is most likely to strike on parts of the face that are oily, such as 

Symptoms Of Seborrheic Dermatitis On Face

Some of the most common symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis are

  • Redness
  • Itchy skin
  • Rashes
  • Crusty scales
  • Flaking
  • Yellow, greasy patches

What Causes Seborrheic Dermatitis (Cradle Cap) on Face?

Though not entirely clear why some people develop the condition on the face, and others do not, there are some noteworthy contributing factors. 

  • Hormonal changes
  • Immune system responses 
  • Malassezia yeast
  • Body’s natural microbiome 

These may all in some way contribute to seborrheic dermatitis. The good news is that there is a reliable method to eliminate flaking, scaling, and redness associated with seborrheic dermatitis and cradle cap without subjecting your child’s face to the harsh chemicals historically used on children.

Cradle Cap On Your Babies Face

Cradle cap is more common on the baby’s scalp but can appear anywhere on the baby’s body. Cradle cap on your baby’s face will appear as thick, greasy scales and flakes that stick close to the skin.

Cradle cap on the baby’s face may look bothersome, but it is not harmful to the baby. And don’t worry, it is not contagious, so other babies won’t get it from your baby. Cradle cap in babies usually resolves on its own before the baby’s first birthday, but in some cases, it may persist.

Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment

Remember Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis can happen anywhere—even on the face. Dr. Eddie created a 95% natural cradle cap shampoo and body wash as the “Pediatrician’s Solution” for children for relief of skin itching, irritation, redness, flaking, and scaling associated with dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.

Seborrheic Dermatitis Shampoo

Adult dandruff shampoos often contain added chemical ingredients, including fragrances and dyes, that can irritate a child’s tender skin and adults’ sensitive skin. As a licensed pediatrician, Dr. Eddie knew he could do better. 

Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo & Body Wash is made with the active ingredient pyrithione zinc, and contains 95% natural plant-based ingredients, including Licorice Root Extract for soothing relief of symptoms and Provitamin B5 for healthy hair and skin.

It is specially formulated for adult-sensitive skin to help them eliminate flaking and scaling associated with seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.

  • Wash the scalp or affected area with seborrheic dermatitis shampoo 
  • You can use it once daily when the symptoms are severe.
  • But once the scaling and flaking are reduced, use it 2 to 3 times a week to prevent future buildup.
  • While shampooing, gently massage the affected area with your fingertips, washcloth, or a cradle cap brush to get rid of excess scales.

A Cradle Cap Shampoo, Body Wash for Kids of All Ages

Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo & Body Wash is the first and only OTC product formulated for children to relieve the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis. Happy Cappy is free of dyes, fragrances, alcohol, sulfates, parabens, and BPA. Many adults who exhibit symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis on the face prefer a remedy that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals. Because of this, Happy Cappy, a cruelty-free, pyrithione zinc shampoo, has become popular with adults. 

To get better results, try Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy Cradle Cap Brush. Use it while shampooing to gently massage the baby’s scalp in circular motions to remove the excess scales and flakes. 

Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy products can be found at select Walgreens, Buy Buy Baby stores nationwide,, and Amazon.

When To Consult A Doctor

Cradle cap and seborrheic dermatitis can manifest symptoms similar to those of other skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. People may believe they are experiencing seborrheic dermatitis and follow its treatment while they are actually experiencing eczema.

It is advised to consult a doctor if 

  • The condition is not getting better with treatment
  • The symptoms are getting worse
  • If you suspect any signs of infection
  • Cradle cap affects a larger part of your baby’s body.

It is best to get help in time because bacteria and infections can easily grow in irritated, inflamed skin, further worsening the condition.


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What may trigger seborrheic dermatitis on the face?

Seborrheic dermatitis is triggered due to the overgrowth of yeast already present on the skin, Malassezia yeast. In babies, this condition is commonly known as cradle cap.

Can seborrheic dermatitis on the face be cured?

Seborrheic dermatitis, whether on the face or scalp, can not be cured entirely. However, it can be controlled and effectively managed with the help of the use of specially formulated shampoo and body wash for seborrheic dermatitis.

Which products should be avoided if you have seborrheic dermatitis on the face?

It is best to avoid harsh soaps, shaving cream, facewash, and any product that contains harsh chemicals, as it may further worsen the condition. Suppose you are using soap or face wash for your face. Replacing it with Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo is a good idea; it can also be used as a face wash and is specially formulated to manage the redness, flaking, and scaling associated with seborrheic dermatitis.

What are the best products to treat seborrheic dermatitis?

Products that are formulated to manage seborrheic dermatitis's redness, scaling, flaking, and irritation; one should use a product that contains an active ingredient like Pyrithione Zinc. Products like Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo, Face and Body Wash (in addition to containing pyrithione zinc) contains gentle ingredients to help smooth the skin and soften the hair. The entire Happy Cappy line is paraben-free, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.

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